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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a
nation's war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a
"Star Wars" defense system, has technology changed
considerably enough to make the latest Missile Defense
initiatives more successful? Can such an application of
science be successful? Is a militarized space inevitable,
necessary or impossible?
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- 06:50pm Nov 1, 2003 EST (#
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Canada told: 'Stop being defense freeloader'
Former NORAD boss chastises his government for waffling
© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com
Canada must give up its passive role as a "defense
freeloader" and participate in a missile defense shield under
development by the United States, a former Canadian military
Canada's high-tech defense industry has suffered from its
government's political waffling over the U.S. ballistic
missile defense program, said Lou Cuppens, a retired
lieutenant-general and former deputy commander for the North
American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, the Canadian
"As a retired military member, I know Canada can't stand
around and be a defense freeloader forever," Cuppens told
participants at a conference on opportunities for aerospace,
defense and security in Eastern Canada.
"Some countries view us as that," he said, according to the
Canadian wire service. "We don't do our share."
Canadian politicians have sat on the fence for over a
decade while the U.S. has sought involvement in its missile
shield, Cuppens said.
Now that the multibillion-dollar system is nearly
completed, he added, Canada is beginning to consider its
position, but all the educational opportunities that could
have been gained from participating in the technology are
Cuppens noted some parts of the system could be
manufactured in Canada.
"You are being denied one heck of an opportunity," he told
the business audience, according to the Canadian Press. "This
is high, high tech."
Defense Minister John McCallum, who in a major policy shift
recently announced Canada will consider participation, said
the decision will require another year of deliberation,
including further cabinet consultation.
McCallum already has ruled out agreement to any space-based
The Canadian Press said some government members are worried
about the potential weaponization of space, but Cuppens, now a
defense consultant, insists the critical need for defense,
noting the threat from China and North Korea, will push the
project toward completion.
At the moment, the only thing American and Canadian
military leaders can do in case of a first strike is inform
the countries' leaders of the likely targets and time of
"That's all that can be done," he said, according to the
Press. "What's defending North America? Nothing."
- 06:51pm Nov 1, 2003 EST (#
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Let George do it ?
- 06:53pm Nov 1, 2003 EST (#
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Yes, you beat me to the punch by quite a bit on the Taiwan
- 06:54pm Nov 1, 2003 EST (#
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No Showalter....a victory..? Just lchic left...one down...?
too soon to tell....
- 06:56pm Nov 1, 2003 EST (#
16146 of 16228)
Bluestar: Forget that.
How about the newly-minted "pulling an rshow" ?
(could be "a" if you prefer !)
- 06:58pm Nov 1, 2003 EST (#
16147 of 16228)
"World Asset" complains, though...
"Yeah .... poor me .... fending the rough end of the
pineapple on the board with Ghouls while RS is out
- 07:05pm Nov 1, 2003 EST (#
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We don't realize that rshow and lchic see themselves as
defending "with their lives" their crucial "corpus" of "work"
from secret agents and evil thieves....
- 07:19pm Nov 1, 2003 EST (#
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I do understand they have that messianic complex, naive and
starry-eyed as it is. But that seems weaved in attempts to
resolve some personal rshow's issues, which lchic seems
committed to help resolve, so that he can "function" to save
the world. The impression I get !
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